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Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
The Beatles
Rubber Soul albumart
Rubber Soul
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Information
Released 1965
Genre Rock
Language English
Source The Beatles: Rock Band
Available 9 September 2009
Playable in
The Beatles: Rock Band
Difficulty
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Basic Pro
Guitar 4FcircleFcircleFcircleFcircleUFCirlce NoNo Part
Bass 0UFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce NoNo Part
Drums 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Keys NoNo Part NoNo Part
Vocals 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce 1FcircleUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlceUFCirlce
Details
Male singer
2-part Harmonies



"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" is a song by The Beatles which was the first Pop song to use a Sitar - George Harrison played it. Harrison was new to the Sitar and took many takes to get it right. He bought the instrument, which he described as "crummy," and taught himself to play. It was David Crosby of The Byrds who introduced Harrison to the sitar shortly after the Folk musician Shawn Phillips had shown him the basic steps. A few months later, Harrison studied the Sitar with Indian musician Ravi Shankar, who helped Harrison explore Eastern music and religion.

In an interview with Rolling Stone in 1971, John Lennon explained why it was decided to use the sitar on this song. He recalled: "I think it was at the studio. George had just got the sitar and I said 'Could you play this piece?' We went through many different sort of versions of the song, it was never right and I was getting very angry about it, it wasn't coming out like I said. They said, 'Well just do it how you want to do it' and I said, 'Well I just want to do it like this.' They let me go and I did the guitar very loudly into the mike and sang it at the same time and then George had the sitar and I asked him could he play the piece that I'd written, you know, dee diddley dee diddley dee, that bit, and he was not sure whether he could play it yet because he hadn't done much on the sitar but he was willing to have a go, as is his wont, and he learned the bit and dubbed it on after. I think we did it in sections."

John Lennon: "I was trying to write about an affair without letting my wife know I was having one. I was sort of writing from my experiences - girl's flats, things like that. I was very careful and paranoid because I didn't want my wife, Cyn, to know that there really was something going on outside of the household. I'd always had some kind of affairs going on, so I was trying to be sophisticated in writing about an affair, but in such a smoke-screen way that you couldn't tell. But I can't remember any specific woman it had to do with." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)

Norwegian Wood is a fake wood that was used to make cheap furniture. Lennon knew people who were using it in their homes and thought it would make a good title.

There are not many lyrics in this song, but they tell the story of a man who gets invited to a girl's house. When she won't let him into her bed, he sleeps in the tub. When she leaves the next morning, he sets the place on fire. It was one of the first songs Lennon wrote that told a complete story.

The Beatles recorded this on October 12, 1965, the first day of the Rubber Soul sessions. The first take of the song, which is included on the Anthology 2 CD and includes George's sitar much more prominently, was originally going to be put on Rubber Soul until a remake was made a week or two later. The notes in the Anthology 2 album verify this. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)

Ringo Starr played the finger cymbals.

Bob Dylan wrote a parody of this song called "4th Time Around."

It was Paul McCartney who came up with the album title Rubber Soul. Lennon told Rolling Stone that he supposed it was a pun meaning English Soul.

He added: "There is no great mysterious meaning behind all of this, it was just four boys working out what to call a new album."

ON-DISC
THE CAVERN
Boys  • Do You Want to Know a Secret  • I Saw Her Standing There  • Twist and Shout
ED SULLIVAN SHOW
A Hard Day's Night  • Can't Buy Me Love  • I Wanna Be Your Man  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
SHEA STADIUM
Eight Days a Week  • I Feel Fine  • If I Needed Someone  • I'm Looking Through You  • Ticket to Ride
BUDOKAN
And Your Bird Can Sing  • Day Tripper  • Drive My Car  • Paperback Writer  • Taxman
ABBEY ROAD '66-'67
Getting Better  • Good Morning  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds  • Sgt. Pepper / With a Little Help from My Friends
Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows  • Yellow Submarine
ABBEY ROAD '67-'68
Back in the U.S.S.R.  • Dear Prudence  • Hello, Goodbye  • Hey Bulldog  • I Am the Walrus  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
ABBEY ROAD '68-'69
Birthday  • Come Together  • Helter Skelter  • Here Comes the Sun  • Octopus's Garden  • Revolution  • Something
ROOFTOP CONCERT
Dig a Pony  • Don't Let Me Down  • Get Back  • I Me Mine  • I Want You (She's So Heavy)  • I've Got a Feeling
ENCORE
The End
DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT
INDIVIDUAL TRACKS
All You Need Is Love
ABBEY ROAD
Maxwell's Silver Hammer  • Oh! Darling  • Because  • You Never Give Me Your Money
Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard  • Polythene Pam / She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End  • Her Majesty  • Medley
SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
Fixing a Hole  • She's Leaving Home  • Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!  • Within You Without You
When I'm 64  • Lovely Rita  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise)  • A Day in the Life
RUBBER SOUL
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)  • You Won't See Me  • Nowhere Man  • Think for Yourself
The Word  • Michelle  • What Goes On  • Girl  • In My Life  • Wait  • Run for Your Life


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